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    • Age of Ambition

    • Chasing Fortune, Truth and Faith in the New China
    • By: Evan Osnos
    • Narrated by: Evan Osnos, George Backman
    • Length: 16 hrs and 41 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 19
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      4 out of 5 stars 17
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 16

    Winner of the National Book Award 2014 A young army captain who risked execution to swim from free-market Taiwan to Communist China. A barber who made $150 million in the gambling dens of Macau. The richest woman in China, a recycling tycoon known as the 'Wastepaper Queen'. Age of Ambition describes some of the billion individual lives that make up China's story - one that unfolds on remote farms, in glittering mansions, and in the halls of power of the world’s largest authoritarian regime.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Really interesting listen

    • By George on 03-03-16

    Regular price: £22.99

    • Ten Days That Shook the World

    • By: John Reed
    • Narrated by: George Backman
    • Length: 14 hrs and 18 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 7
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 7
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 7

    A journalist writing in the first flush of revolutionary enthusiasm, John Reed gives a gripping record of the events in Petrograd in November 1917, when Lenin and the Bolsheviks finally seized power. Containing verbatim reports both of speeches by leaders and the chance comments of bystanders, set against an idealized backcloth of the proletariat, soldiers, sailors, and peasants uniting to throw off oppression, Reed's account is the product of passionate involvement and remains a classic of reporting.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • fantastic Audiobook

    • By Owen McCracken on 15-12-16

    Regular price: £24.19

    • A Boy's Own Story

    • A Novel
    • By: Edmund White
    • Narrated by: George Backman
    • Length: 8 hrs and 57 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 10
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      3.5 out of 5 stars 9
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      3.5 out of 5 stars 9

    Originally published in 1982 as the first of Edmund White's trilogy of autobiographical novels, A Boy's Own Story became an instant classic for its pioneering portrayal of homosexuality. The audiobook's unnamed narrator, growing up during the 1950s, is beset by aloof parents, a cruel sister, and relentless mocking from his peers, compelling him to seek out works of art and literature as solace-and to uncover new relationships in the struggle to embrace his own sexuality.

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • awful

    • By alex on 17-08-15

    Regular price: £18.79

    • Tracking Bodhidharma

    • A Journey to the Heart of Chinese Culture
    • By: Andy Ferguson
    • Narrated by: George Backman
    • Length: 16 hrs and 16 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 4
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 4
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 4

    The life of Bodhidharma, the founder of Zen Buddhism, has, with the passing of time, been magnified to the scale of myth, turning history into the stuff of legend. Known as the First Patriarch, Bodhidharma brought Zen from South India into China in 500 CE, changing the country forever. In Tracking Bodhidharma, Andrew Ferguson recreates the path of Bodhidharma, traveling through China to the places where the First Patriarch lived and taught. This sacred trail takes Ferguson deep into ancient China.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Excellent in every way.

    • By Giles on 06-01-14

    Regular price: £24.39

    • Tiger Tracks

    • The Classic Panzer Memoir
    • By: Wolfgang Faust
    • Narrated by: George Backman
    • Length: 5 hrs and 1 min
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 86
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 78
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 80

    Wolfgang Faust was the driver of a Tiger I tank with the Wehrmacht Heavy Panzer Battalions, seeing extensive combat action on the Eastern Front in 1943-45. This memoir is his brutal and deeply personal account of the Russian Front's appalling carnage. Depicting a running tank engagement lasting 72 hours, Faust describes how his Tiger unit fought pitched battles in the snows of Western Russia against the full might of the Red Army.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Fictional account, not true history.

    • By Border Collie on 27-06-16

    Regular price: £18.79

    • In the Company of Bears

    • What Black Bears Have Taught Me About Intelligence and Intuition
    • By: Benjamin Kilham
    • Narrated by: George Backman
    • Length: 7 hrs and 44 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 1
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      5 out of 5 stars 1
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      5 out of 5 stars 1

    Imagine raising an orphaned bear cub, carefully reintroducing her to the wild, then being welcomed back, almost daily, to observe her wild world for more than 17 years. Imagine visiting her in her feeding spots, watching her with her mates and her young, peering into her den, and, over time, observing the lives of all the other wild bears in her territory and surrounding ones. That is what happened to Ben Kilham.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Brilliant.

    • By MRS JULIE A FLETCHER on 08-01-15

    Regular price: £18.79

    • Deng Xiaoping

    • A Revolutionary Life
    • By: Alexander V. Pantsov, Steven I. Levine
    • Narrated by: George Backman
    • Length: 21 hrs and 46 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 6
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 6
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      4 out of 5 stars 6

    Deng Xiaoping joined the Chinese Communist movement as a youth and rose in its ranks to become an important lieutenant of Mao's from the 1930s onward. Two years after Mao's death in 1976, Deng became the de facto leader of the Chinese Communist Party and the prime architect of China's post-Mao reforms. Abandoning the Maoist socioeconomic policies he had long fervently supported, he set in motion changes that would dramatically transform China's economy, society, and position in the world. Three decades later we are living with the results.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Deng Xiommmmm

    • By Alexander J A Burt on 01-02-18

    Regular price: £33.89

    • Chinese Literature: A Very Short Introduction 

    • By: Sabina Knight
    • Narrated by: George Backman
    • Length: 5 hrs and 1 min
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 4
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      5 out of 5 stars 4
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 4

    Perhaps nowhere else has literature been as conscious a collective endeavor as in China, and China's survival over 3,000 years may owe more to its literary traditions than to its political history. This Very Short Introduction tells the story of Chinese literature from antiquity to the present, focusing on the key role literary culture played in supporting social and political concerns. Embracing traditional Chinese understandings of literature as encompassing history and philosophy as well as poetry and poetics, storytelling, drama, and the novel, Sabina Knight discusses the philosophical foundations of literary culture.

    Regular price: £14.49

    • The Last Panther

    • Slaughter of the Reich - The Halbe Kessel 1945
    • By: Wolfgang Faust
    • Narrated by: George Backman
    • Length: 5 hrs and 14 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 54
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 52
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 52

    While the Battle of Berlin in 1945 is widely known, the horrific story of the Halbe Kessel remains largely untold. In April 1945, victorious Soviet forces encircled 80,000 men of the German 9th Army in the Halbe area, South of Berlin, together with many thousands of German women and children. The German troops, desperate to avoid Soviet capture, battled furiously to break out toward the West, where they could surrender to the comparative safety of the Americans.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • A Credulity Stretcher

    • By qwerty on 17-09-18

    Regular price: £18.79

    • Shanghai 1937

    • Stalingrad on the Yangtze
    • By: Peter Harmsen
    • Narrated by: George Backman
    • Length: 10 hrs and 57 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 13
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 13
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      4 out of 5 stars 13

    This deeply researched book describes one of the great forgotten battles of the 20th century. At its height it involved nearly a million Chinese and Japanese soldiers, while sucking in three million civilians as unwilling spectators and, often, victims. It turned what had been a Japanese adventure in China into a general war between the two oldest and proudest civilizations of the Far East. Ultimately, it led to Pearl Harbor and to seven decades of tumultuous history in Asia. The Battle of Shanghai was a pivotal event that helped define and shape the modern world.

    Regular price: £23.49

    • Little Rice

    • Smartphones, Xiaomi, and the Chinese Dream 
    • By: Clay Shirky
    • Narrated by: George Backman
    • Length: 3 hrs and 57 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2
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      2 out of 5 stars 1
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      4 out of 5 stars 1

    Since the 1990s China has been climbing up the ladder of quality, from doing knockoffs to designing its own high-end goods. Xiaomi - its name literally means "little rice" - is landing squarely in this shift in China's economy. But the remarkable rise of Xiaomi from startup to colossus is more than a business story, because mobile phones are special. The common desiderata of the global population, mobile phones offer the kind of freedom and connectedness that autocratic countries are terrified of.

    • Smartphones, Xiaomi, and the Chinese Dream 
    • By: Clay Shirky
    • Narrated by: George Backman
    • Length: 3 hrs and 57 mins
    • Release date: 13-10-15
    • 4.5 out of 5 stars 2 ratings

    Regular price: £14.49

    • The Farewell Symphony

    • A Novel
    • By: Edmund White
    • Narrated by: George Backman
    • Length: 20 hrs and 52 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 2
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      5 out of 5 stars 1
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      5 out of 5 stars 1

    Named for the work by Haydn in which the instrumentalists leave the stage one after another until only a single violin remains playing, this is the story of a man who has outlived most of his friends. Having reached the six-month anniversary of his lover's death, he embarks on a journey of remembrance that will recount his struggle to become a writer and his discovery of what it means to be a gay man.

    Regular price: £33.89

    • The Beautiful Room Is Empty

    • A Novel
    • By: Edmund White
    • Narrated by: George Backman
    • Length: 8 hrs and 37 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 2
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      3.5 out of 5 stars 2
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      3.5 out of 5 stars 2

    Moving from a Midwestern college to the Stonewall Tavern on the night of the first gay uprising - and populated by eloquent queens, butch poseurs, and a fearfully incompetent shrink - The Beautiful Room is Empty conflates the acts of coming out and coming of age.

    Regular price: £19.39

    • Red Sorghum

    • A Novel of China
    • By: Mo Yan, Howard Goldblatt (translator)
    • Narrated by: George Backman
    • Length: 15 hrs and 25 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 10
    • Performance
      3.5 out of 5 stars 9
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 8

    Spanning three generations, this novel of family and myth is told through a series of flashbacks that depict events of staggering horror set against a landscape of gemlike beauty, as the Chinese battle both Japanese invaders and each other in the turbulent 1930s. A legend in China, where it won major literary awards and inspired an Oscar-nominated film directed by Zhang Yimou, Red Sorghum is a book in which fable and history collide to produce fiction that is entirely new—and unforgettable.

    Regular price: £28.09

    • The Plum in the Golden Vase or, Chin P'ing Mei (Volume One: The Gathering)

    • By: David Tod Roy (translator)
    • Narrated by: George Backman
    • Length: 17 hrs and 35 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 1
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      5 out of 5 stars 1
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      5 out of 5 stars 1

    In this first of a planned five-volume set, David Roy provides a complete and annotated translation of the famous Chin P'ing Mei, an anonymous sixteenth-century Chinese novel that focuses on the domestic life of Hsi-men Ch'ing, a corrupt, upwardly mobile merchant in a provincial town, who maintains a harem of six wives and concubines. This work, known primarily for its erotic realism, is also a landmark in the development of the narrative art form - not only from a specifically Chinese perspective but in a world-historical context.

    Regular price: £25.29

    • Strange Stones

    • By: Peter Hessler
    • Narrated by: George Backman
    • Length: 13 hrs and 38 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 3
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      4 out of 5 stars 1
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      4 out of 5 stars 2

    Full of unforgettable figures and an unrelenting spirit of adventure, Strange Stones is a far-ranging, thought-provoking collection of Peter Hessler’s best reportage - a dazzling display of the powerful storytelling, shrewd cultural insight, and warm sense of humor that are the trademarks of his work. Over the last decade, as a staff writer for The New Yorker and the author of three books, Peter Hessler has lived in Asia and the United States, writing as both native and knowledgeable outsider in these two very different regions.

    Regular price: £22.89

    • In Manchuria

    • A Village Called Wasteland and the Transformation of Rural China
    • By: Michael Meyer
    • Narrated by: George Backman
    • Length: 13 hrs and 20 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 7
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      4 out of 5 stars 5
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 5

    For three years Meyer rented a home in the rice-farming community of Wasteland, hometown of his wife's family, and their personal saga mirrors the tremendous change most of rural China is undergoing in the form of a privately held rice company that has built new roads, introduced organic farming, and constructed high-rise apartments into which farmers can move in exchange for their land rights.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • China's Northeast. An undiscovered gem

    • By Adrian J. Smith on 17-09-17
    • A Village Called Wasteland and the Transformation of Rural China
    • By: Michael Meyer
    • Narrated by: George Backman
    • Length: 13 hrs and 20 mins
    • Release date: 17-02-15
    • 4.5 out of 5 stars 7 ratings

    Regular price: £24.19

    • The Plum in the Golden Vase or, Chin P'ing Mei (Volume Two, The Rivals)

    • By: David Tod Roy (translator)
    • Narrated by: George Backman
    • Length: 19 hrs and 12 mins
    • Unabridged
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    In this second of a planned five-volume series, David Roy provides a complete and annotated translation of the famous Chin P'ing Mei, an anonymous sixteenth-century Chinese novel that focuses on the domestic life of His-men Ch'ing, a corrupt, upwardly mobile merchant in a provincial town, who maintains a harem of six wives and concubines. This work, known primarily for its erotic realism, is also a landmark in the development of narrative art--not only from a specifically Chinese perspective but in a world-historical context.

    Regular price: £22.89

    • The China Collectors

    • America's Century-Long Hunt for Asian Art Treasures
    • By: Karl E. Meyer, Shareen Blair Brysac
    • Narrated by: George Backman
    • Length: 17 hrs and 10 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2
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      5 out of 5 stars 2
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 2

    Thanks to Salem sea captains, Gilded Age millionaires, curators on horseback, and missionaries gone native, North American museums now possess the greatest collections of Chinese art outside of East Asia itself. How did it happen? The China Collectors is the first full account of a century-long treasure hunt in China from the Opium Wars and the Boxer Rebellion to Mao Zedong's 1949 ascent.

    Regular price: £27.49

    • Kosher Chinese

    • Living, Teaching, and Eating with China's Other Billion
    • By: Michael Levy
    • Narrated by: George Backman
    • Length: 8 hrs and 38 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 1
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      4 out of 5 stars 1
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      4 out of 5 stars 1

    In September of 2005, the Peace Corps sent Michael Levy to teach English in the heart of China's heartland. His hosts in the city of Guiyang found additional uses for him: resident expert on Judaism, romantic adviser, and provincial basketball star, to name a few. His account of overcoming vast cultural differences to befriend his students and fellow teachers is by turns poignant and laugh-out-loud funny.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • A thoughtful look at contemporary China

    • By dinamit on 10-04-15

    Regular price: £18.29

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